Concert programmes

In 2013 the regional association for retirees in the province of Upper Austria organised the first solo recital of Riccardo Di Francesco for the members of the association. Riccardo appeared before an enthusiastic audience of 800 at the Kürnberghalle of Leonding. Subsequently, all Upper Austrian district associations and local groups went on to organise concerts with Riccardo, all with a huge turnout and highly appreciative audiences.

The success story continues and Riccardo Di Francesco now tours Austria regularly with additional concert programmes.

amicable smalltalk with Landespräsident OÖ Konsulent Heinz Hillinger



“Unforgotten Melodies” is a recital in two parts with an intermission, each part with a special focus. The first part brings classical music to the audience – this part is jokingly called “unforgotten melodies for those who don’t go to the opera“. Riccardo always has a story to go with each song or aria, sung in German, with piano accompaniment. The second part is composed of “Hits from 10 years of Spring Meetings“, with Riccardo telling anecdotes from the trips to Rhodes, Crete, Tunisia, the Abruzzi mountains and Apulia and singing the best liked songs from those years. At the end, as was to be expected- “EVERYBODY GET UP, CLAP YOUR HANDS AND SWAY TO THE MUSIC!”

01. Am Brunnen vor dem Tore ( Franz Schubert )
02. Das Wandern ist des Müllers Lust ( Franz Schubert )
03. Ständchen – Leise flehen meine Lieder ( Franz Schubert )
04. Der Erlkönig ( Franz Schubert )
05. Einen Doktor meines Gleichen („Der Barbier von Sevilla“ – Rossini )
06. Fünftausend Taler („Der Wildschütz“ – Lortzing )
07. Ja das Schreiben und das Lesen („Der Zigeunerbaron“ – Johann Strauß )
08. Als Büblein klein an der Mutterbrust („Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor“ – Nicolai )


09. Die Gitarre und das Meer
10. Griechischer Wein
11. Weiße Rosen aus Athen
12. Aloha Oe
13. Nimm mich mit Kapitän auf die Reise
14. Junge komm bald wieder
15. O sole mio
16. Mamma, son tanto felice
17. Santa Lucia
18. Der Chianti Wein
19. Versuch es noch einmal



An Upper Austrian paper aptly described “The Gingerbread Heart” as “a Christmas programme with a twist”. Riccardo sings the best known Christmas carols in traditional classical style and tells funny and pensive Christmas stories.

The audience is encouraged to join in and sway to the music in between, and the concert finishes with a tranquil touch to get everybody in a Christmas mood.

01. Weiße Weihnacht
02. Leise rieselt der Schnee
03. Hirtengespräch 1
04. Kommet ihr Hirten
05. Hirtengespräch 2
06. Süßer die Glocken nie klingen
07. Weihnachten in Berlin
08. Oh Tannenbaum
09. Tiergespräch zu Weihnachten
10. Aller Jahre wieder kommt das Christuskind
11. Weihnachten in Bayern
12. Jingle Bells
13. Fröhliche Weihnachtsgeschichte
14. Oh du Fröhliche, oh du Selige
15. Schnee – weiße Weihnacht


16. Schnee – weiße Weihnacht Fortsetzung
17. White Christmas
18. Das Lebkuchenherz
19. Großvaterlied – Versuch es noch einmal
20. Nikolausgeschichte
21. Morgen Kinder wird’s was geben
22. Im Försterhaus
23. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
24. Adventgeschichte
25. Ihr Kinderlein kommet
26. Weihnachtsgeschichte Teil 1
27. Am Weihnachtsbaum die Lichter brennen
28. Weihnachtsgeschichte Teil 2
29. Ave Maria



“Live Your Dream” was put together for “Festival der Stars” and the eponymous CD production with the German title “LebdeinenTraum” in 2017; it is equally suited for local festivals, beer tents and festive matinee or evening recitals.

“Festival der Stars” describes the unique character of Riccardo’s programme, which brings together a wide variety of musical styles: well-known operatic arias, the most beautiful classics such as “O sole mio”, songs by the German-language singer Freddy Quinn, catchy popular music, accordion highlights such as “Guten Morgen“ or hits from his CD recordings.

Concert programme in preparation

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